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July 24, 2014, 10:00 AM

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Arik Hesseldahl / Re/code:
HP Makes $50 Million Strategic Investment in Hortonworks  —  To the steadily growing list of big companies making strategic investments in the open source big data platform known as Hadoop, you can now add computing giant Hewlett-Packard.  —  Re/code has learned that HP today will announce …
More: Gigaom, ZDNet and Wall Street JournalTweets: @ahess247
Exodus Intelligence:
Security firm finds de-anonymizing zero-day vulnerability in Tails OS popularized by Snowden  —  Silver Bullets and Fairy Tails  —  Introduction  —  This week we made mention on Twitter of a zero-day vulnerability we've unearthed that affects the popular Tails operating system.
Janet Van Huysse / The Twitter Blog:
Twitter releases diversity report: global employees are 70% male; in US 59% white, 29% Asian  —  Building a Twitter we can be proud of  —  At Twitter, we have a goal to reach every person on the planet.  We believe that goal is more attainable with a team that understands and represents different cultures and backgrounds.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Beats In Q2 With $2.91 Billion, In Revenue, 62% Of Ad Revenue From Mobile, 1.32B Users  —  Facebook's earnings beat projections for the 8th quarter straight with $2.91B in revenue and $0.42EPS in Q2 2014 .  It now has 1.07 billion mobile monthly users, and 654million daily mobile users.
Ina Fried / Re/code:
LG Shipped 14.5 Million Smartphones in Q2, up 20 Percent, As Phone Business Turned a Profit  —  Korea's LG Electronics said on Wednesday that its mobile unit turned profitable in the second quarter as the company shipped a record 14.5 million smartphones, up 20 percent year-over-year.
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
OS X Yosemite planned for late Oct. as Apple preps 4K desktop & 12-inch Retina MacBook  —  While iOS 8 for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch is set for a September launch, Apple is planning to bring its next-generation Mac software, OS X Yosemite, into the wild a month later, in October, according to several sources.
Josh Ong / The Next Web:
Google Maps challenges Foursquare with new Explore feature on Android and iOS  —  Google announced today the addition of an Explore Nearby button for Google Maps on iOS and Android.  The featuring is rolling out “starting this week.”  —  The new feature expands the Google Maps as more than just your go-to app for directions.
Jack Linshi / TIME:
Foursquare moving all check-ins to secondary app Swarm starting Thursday  —  You Can't Check-In on Foursquare's Main App Starting Tomorrow  —  You can check out Foursquare's new app starting in the next few weeks, but you can't check-in.  —  Foursquare said Wednesday that users …
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Reddit Live is now official, lets anyone create their own breaking news live blog  —  Today, Reddit officially launched its own live-blogging platform.  The company calls it Reddit Live and the feature has actually been in “semi-open beta” for a few months now - you may have stumbled across …
Karen Freifeld / Reuters:
Seven arrests made in $1.6 million StubHub cyberfraud case  —  (Reuters) - Police have arrested seven people on charges they were tied to an international ring that defrauded eBay Inc's StubHub online ticketing service of some $1.6 million, the latest in a string of high-profile cybercrime busts in recent months.
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Samsung Backs GamePop As BlueStacks Adds $13M In New Funding  —  Samsung's venture arm has contributed to a round of funding that adds $13 million to the total raised by BlueStacks, the virtualization startup that debuted its GamePop platform earlier this year to offer over-the-top mobile gaming for living room and TVs.
Joseph Czikk / BetaKit:
Mike McDerment's FreshBooks Raises $30 Million In First Funding Round  —  Toronto startup FreshBooks, the online cloud accounting software for freelancers and professionals, has raised a $30 million funding round from Oak Investment Partners with participation from Atlas Venture and Georgian Partners.

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Microsoft:
Microsoft to modernize Special Olympics, raise system to the cloud  —  “We're so excited.  This is going to change our world.” says Special Olympics Chief Executive Officer Janet Froetscher.
Zoho:
Announcing Zoho SalesIQ - Real-time sales intelligence platform with tight Zoho CRM integration.  —  You run an apparel store.  There's a visitor who walked in after seeing your weekly ad.
SAY Media / SAY Daily:
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AdExchanger:
LinkedIn Q3: Marketing Solutions Revenue Up 45% As Bizo Integration Continues  —  LinkedIn's revenue grew 45% YoY in Q3 to $568 million.  Its Marketing Solutions division also increased 45% YoY, totaling $109 million in revenue.
 

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